Have you noticed all the talk about automation and artificial intelligence over the last few years? When I was a kid, the only discussion I ever heard about it was the 1983 song Mr. Roboto by Styx. Most people my age will remember that heavily synthesized track featuring the catchphrase “Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto.”
I like Styx as much as the next guy, but I can’t help but wonder if Dennis DeYoung was high when he wrote it. After all, it strays far away from the usual themes (sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll) of successful music of that era.
Their video (come on, they had to be high) portrays a world in which human workers have been replaced by robots.
Machines taking over for humans isn’t exactly a novel idea. In fact, it’s the central theme of a lot of science fiction. In this case, turning fiction into fact is so preposterous that it’s laughable…or is it?[Read more…]